Who would have thought this from scratch gluten and dairy free chocolate beet cake would be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Yes. Ever. With beets!
I’m always on the hunt to make yummy things a tad bit healthier, without sacrificing the taste. Because, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t care how healthy something is for me if it tastes like sawdust topped with a sprinkle of honey. And it doesn’t do me or my family any good to waste money or time on foods that are healthy for them but are so bad, it’s a fight and struggle to get them to eat it.
But, if I can make a recipe healthier and tastes just as good or better than the previous unhealthy version, than I’m so going for it. With being frugal and trying to use up the food stock we have on hand (which is rotated out so it’s always stocked 6 Tips to Avoid Food Storage Mistakes), I’ve been putting our root vegetables to use as some of them are coming to the end of their shelf life.
Which brings me to today’s surprise star ingredient. Hold your judgments when you hear it… beets. Yes, BEETS! And they my friend, make a moist, decadent, to die for chocolate cake, without a trace of dirt flavor to be found. I seriously had to fight my husband over a piece of this cake.
I first saw a version of this recipe in a little insert paper called Relish (here’s the original recipe) with our local newspaper. But I had to change up a few things because I for one, do not like the taste of olive oil in baked goods. And I needed a dairy free option, so I tossed out the heavy cream, with a few other modifications.
The result is a thing of beauty. Like a cross between cheese cake and a truffle, wrapped in decadent chocolate, so moist it practically melts in your mouth. I’m not kidding.
I adore that it has a cup of beets in it. Because, while I like beets (steamed with a splash or two of balsamic vinegar on top) the rest of my family isn’t so keen. This is a way I can use up some of our winter veggie stock, sneak it into my family’s diet, and have them begging for just one more slice.
The fun thing about the beets is they give the cake almost a dark red velvet feel in color. And come raspberry time, I can’t wait to try a raspberry reduction sauce on top. I love how seasonal foods can make a dish brand new again. But for this time of year, it’s beets! Never thought I’d get to say have your beets with chocolate cake and eat it too.
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.